posted on Oct, 23 2012 @ 07:10 AM
Having watched the RT 'article' regarding the possibility of interaction with an alien intelligence, I have to say that the blatancy of the
sensationalism is somewhat staggering. While it is quite right that a group of scientists would naturally tell us to prepare for the worst, it is
natural not because of the possible psycho-pathological make up of the visiting species in question, but because being prepared for the worst is the
best response to ALL unknowns. It is our natural fall back position as a species, if only because it has served us all very well for this to be the
case. I live in Britain. I also purchase sun cream, despite the wet weather, because I know that when and if it DOES become sunny, I will likely burn
like an over cooked sausage.
In a similar fashion, preparing for the worst case scenario where alien intelligence and our contact with it is concerned, would seem to be the best
approach. That way, we can be plesantly suprised by positive elements of any potential contact. I do not believe that a group of the most
intellectually capable people on the face of the planet, have essentially written a document which EXCLUSIVELY warns the human race of its impending
doom at the hands of a purely hypothetical species. No intellectual worth a damn would comment so strongly about anything without some form of
evidence, and we know better than anyone, just how thin on the ground that is these days!
Another point comes to mind. The scientists have based thier assumptions on how OUR species has evolved psychologically and physically over the
millenia of its existence, and it is true that our history, and our present, are full of examples of violence, hatred, xenophobia, and a whole host of
self abusive, and utterly unproductive attitudes and behaviours. But we should remember, that those men and women who have been to space, those who,
in the name of mankind as a whole, as much as thier own governments, have explored the furthest reaches of mans influence, have been sterling examples
of the BEST we have to offer. Intelligent, decent, strong, and capable of great acts of courage and will power. If the scientists base thier
assumptions about intelligent non terran life, on human expirience of growth of thought, then it stands to reason that by thier own logic, those who
would visit here in the name of a far of world, will NOT be the beserker warriors, or the genocidal maniacs amongst thier species.
I am not saying with certainty that the visiting species will be all goodness and light, because none of us on earth deserve, nor are likely to
recieve, that kind of luck in the lifetime of our species. But there is no reason to prepare for the worst, without accepting that the worst may never
come, that our attitudes towards intelligent life may prove not to be in any way informed when compared with the hypothetical reality we may
We must be prepared to defend ourselves, but we must also prepare ourselves to welcome, to learn, and above all to understand our place in the
universe ever better, if given the oppertunity to do so. To prevent ourselves from welcoming what could be a friendly or at least not dangerously
terraphobic species to our world, would almost be a worse fate for mankind than our outright destruction at the hands of sociopathic spacemen from
A thought to leave you with. Would you rather die by the hand of your fellow man, by nuclear fire storm, or by bullet or blade, or would you rather
be destroyed by something alien, something overwhich you have no power, and no understanding? Would it not be a comfort to you in your last moments to
know, that at least mankind did not kill itself? Would it be no comfort to you to know that despite all the hate we have shown one another, at least
we had a chance in our own company? We have spent so long hating one another on this planet, hating therefore ourselves as a species, that in my
opinion, being ended by something outside of human expirience would be a blessing, another piece of luck we do not really deserve.